Patriotic fans pile on their bets for UK Eurovision pair’s success

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If you’re backing the UK’s Eurovision duo Joe and Jake for success on the continental stage then You’re Not Alone.

Ladbrokes have taken a flurry of bets on the pair completing the UK’s sixth Eurovision win, with their odds falling from 66/1 to 25/1 in the space of just a few days.

The talented double-act who both impressed on The Voice are no strangers to the big occasion and 20-year-old Jake Shakeshaft was confident about his – and singing partner Joe Woolford’s – chances of victory.

“I think we’ve got as good a chance as everybody else” said Shakeshaft, adding that the song has had a “great response” from the public.

Patriotic pride is also a motivator for both of the guys, with Woolford claiming “we want to get a good result for the UK”. So, who are the boys’ toughest contenders as they bid to be our first champions since Katrina and the Waves in 1997?

Theatre star and Russian pop icon Sergey Lazarev is this year’s hot favourite with evens saying he brings the country a first Eurovision win since 2008.

Ukrainian songstress Jamala is second-favourite at 9/2 while Paris native Amir rounds out the top three at 15/2 with his catchy effort, ‘J’ai cherché’.

17-year-old Frans, representing Sweden, is 10s to make the Scandinavian nation Eurovision’s first back-to-back winners since the Republic Ireland’s three years of glory from 1993-95.

Meanwhile, for those looking to back a real outsider, 200/1 shots Denmark could be an inspired selection, having won Eurovision three times, including a 2013 victory from Emmelie de Forest.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.